Enough about the Nokia N95! | Rickard Andersson

Enough about the Nokia N95!

Yeah, I know, enough about the iPhone as well, but have any of the people that are touting the N95 actually used one for any amount of time? My fiancee has one and I wouldn’t touch it with a stick. The build quality is horrible. I’m confident that if you were to drop it from anywhere over three inches, the thing would completely disintegrate. You slide it open and it just feels as if it isn’t put together properly. You’re afraid to use any of the buttons on the phone in fear of them falling off. There’s nothing that puts me off a piece of technology like bad build quality. Now I haven’t used an iPhone, but somehow, I’m convinced the experience will be the absolute opposite.

For anyone considering an N95, I’d recommend you get two. Why? Well, it’s like what they say about Jaguars;  you need one to drive when the other one’s in the shop.


  1. Posted July 6, 2007 at 05:39 | Permalink

    I’m lucky enough to have both devices at the moment, and I have to say that I don’t think either would cope well with being dropped more than three inches, unless onto a very soft surface.

    As for N95 build quality, I’m told that there are two production lines for the N95: one in Finland and one in China. The ones from China generally have a looser feel to the slider. Ones from Finland say made in Finland on the box; the ones from China say ‘made by Nokia’ instead. Mine is from Finland and the slider feels pretty good, though not as nice as the one on the E65 which feels much, much more robust overall.

    The iPhone’s problem with being dropped is the glass front. I’ve already seen one photo online of shattered glass where the owner dropped it, and not very far either. It is also a little smoother in the hand, making it easier to drop. I suggest getting some kind of case for it (I’d go for rubber if possible to absorb any shock if dropped accidentally and hopefully save the screen).

    IMHO, neither is perfect, and which one is best for you will depend on what you’re looking for in the device (beyond the basic phone functions that is, as both do that part well). I have to say both are amazing devices, and clearly signs of better things to come. I hope some of Apple’s UI excellence will rub off on Nokia, and some of Nokia’s technical know-how will get into the iPhone’s successors too.

  2. Posted July 6, 2007 at 08:24 | Permalink

    Yeah, you’re right. Its just that I really value good build quality. I have a Sony Ericsson W880i now and even though it’s useless as an MP3 player and physically hurts your ears when you talk longer than 5 minutes, the build quality is great. I think I could run over this thing with my car and it would keep going.

  3. jamie
    Posted August 18, 2007 at 23:54 | Permalink

    hey im from england and i use the nokia n95.it’s been shrowded with so many fault’s i fix phones for fun.and having taken the nokia n95 to pieces im aware that only about 20% of the phone is actually produced in finland.and may be assembled there.the battery is chinese in the model i use.
    the slider mechanism in this phone is not very robust at all,possibly because it’s too small and made from aluminium and plastic.even when you get a new n95 there is quite a lot of play in the front section and after about one months use it becomes quite lose!.
    Also i would say that the software on the n95 has pottential but it’s operating system and processor just does not have the power to run applications on the handset,and the gps unit is quite useless, i do however rate the phone 8/10 for it’s features and innovation!.

  4. Matt
    Posted May 4, 2008 at 05:40 | Permalink

    I have a Chinese made N95 and I’m so angry with Nokia for not making them all in Finland!

    My N95 Video out and Headset controls no longer work because the phone was badly made. They stopped working when the phone was 6 months old. I blame the 3rd section on the 3.5mm plug. The inside piece has obviouslly failed.

    The phone also feels absolutely horrible when it comes to build quality! I would expect much much better from such an expensive phone!

    I still do like my N95 because it has such great features, but I would certainly think twice about buying another Nokia as the bad build quality of this phone is SHOCKING and really makes me MAD!!!

    I feel very ripped off. I just hope that it lasts for more than two years without completely falling apart :S

  5. Juan Pablo Morera
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 19:43 | Permalink

    Well, I was thinking on buying a N95, but :( I guess I wont. I have myself a nokia 7250i, and I always thought on nokia for the best phone quality. This phone had worked for 6 years. Now after several accidents and due to the lack of original parts it seems not too good with a chinese part on front and so I had to use it without the screen-protector and the rest you can figure out for yourselves: lost of audio quality. Thanks for the help!

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